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Published by: Berkley
on May 2, 2017
Genres: Erotic Romance
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Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more—from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.
There’s something about this woman…
On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago—and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil...
…That could bring a man to his knees.
The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family’s values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he’s shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago...
Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them…
Forbidden, provocative, intense, passionate, and emotionally driven.
It’s very rare, but sometimes you come across a story that touches you in the most unexpected way. It reaches down into your soul and changes the way you view things in your life. BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Beth Kery was that story for me. The minute I started this, it was like I was transported to my own little world where nothing and no one could reach me. And from that moment on it was just myself and these incredible characters and their heart wrenching love story. I had to make a conscious effort to not pick this book right back up and start reading it all over again, to experience the love and loss ALL OVER AGAIN. To experience the pain, the joy, the passion, the happiness ALL. OVER. AGAIN. Beth Kery ALWAYS takes this genre to the next level, and yet, I’m constantly surprised when she takes me there.
“From the moment I first saw you, heard you even, something told me you were mine.”
I don’t think I can even get into the story without breaking down, but just know that you will experience SO MUCH EMOTION from the very beginning, you will NOT know what to do with yourself. Ms. Kery transports us to the past where Asher and Laila first meet. Be prepared, your heart will melt, solidify, and then completely break. Then, she forces us to the present where they meet again, and it will be like deja vu with your heart. Melt, solidify, and break once again. Two people who live two VERY different lives are drawn together only to have it all ripped away. When they find one another again, the struggle to keep their hearts intact this time around is incredibly real. Nothing has changed – with their family life or with the love and fondness they have for one another. Two cultures that threaten to rip them apart once again…will their love be strong enough to withstand it this go-round?
For me, it was an incredibly EASY decision to make, when I picked this to be a FAVORITE of the year for me. Impeccable writing, complex characters, a forbidden premise within the storyline. Beth Kery does absolutely NO WRONG in my book. I was completely mesmerized by Asher and Laila’s emotional and beautiful romance. And I NEVER wanted it to end. I was so overjoyed to bask in their heartwarming love for each other and my heart was incredibly full by the very end. I CANNOT recommend BEHIND THE CURTAIN highly enough!